C. Don Royston

C. Don Royston
Award of Honor

C. Don Royston received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from ETSU in 1973. A year later, he began work with Dent K. Burk Associates, P.C., and by 1982 he was a principal with the company.

Through his practice, Don has served clients in many areas, specializing in financial institutions, technical services areas, estate planning, wholesale/retail, manufacturing, construction, and medical practices. He consults with clients in organization, tax, auditing, and accounting matters. With more than 35 years of technology experience, he is able to assist clients in making decisions for today’s changing business environment.

Royston serves in numerous organizations. Professionally, he has served as president, vice president, and secretary of the Appalachian Chapter of TSCPA. He is a past president of the Tennessee Society of CPAs, a permanent member of the Governing Council, and a former member of the Board of Directors. He served three years on the Technical Standards Review Board of the AICPA, where he has also served as a member of the National Governing Council and spent six years on the Joint Trial Board.

He chairs the Kingsport College Foundation, which serves as the advisory committee for ETSU at Kingsport, and also serves on the ETSU Department of Accountancy Advisory Board. He also serves on the Tennessee State Board of Accountancy, as the treasurer of the Kingsport Chamber Foundation and is active with the Kingsport Senior Center Advisory Council.

Royston has also played the role of Santa Claus on the Kingsport Chamber/CSX Transportation Santa Train since 1999. He is actively involved in the Santa Train and Santa Train Scholarship Program.

Through his work as a board member with Body & Soul Ministries, Royston has organized and led annual mission trips to Belize every year since 2001. He is past president of the Kingsport Chamber Foundation and the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce. He served as treasurer and spent four years as a board member of the Friends of Warriors Path State Park & Boundless Playground project. He is a former board member and secretary for Tri-Cities Christian School. He is a former board member of Junior Achievement and was part of the organizing board and a former president of Safe House, Inc., a battered women’s shelter.

Royston has also won many awards throughout his career, including the Tennessee Jaycees’ “Tennessee Outstanding Man of the Year” in 1985 and TSCPA’s Public Service Award in 2004.

He and his wife, Vicki, have two children, Audrey and Rachel, and are active members at Colonial Heights Baptist Church.